Star Bright (Vanessa Williams album)

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Star Bright
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 1996 (1996-11-05)
ProducerGerry "The Gov" Brown, Bruce Carbone, Ron Von Arx
Vanessa Williams chronology
The Sweetest Days
Star Bright
Singles from Star Bright
  1. "Do You Hear What I Hear"/"The Little Drummer Boy"
    Released: October 22, 1996

Star Bright is the fourth studio album and first Christmas album by Vanessa Williams, released in the US on November 5, 1996 on Mercury Records. It achieved critical acclaim and success as one of the best-selling holiday albums of 1996 and '97. It peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200, #24 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #5 on the Top Holiday Albums.

The album went on to be nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies. Although no official singles were released from the album, "Do You Hear What I Hear/The Little Drummer Boy" became an instant holiday classic becoming the most played holiday record of 1996 and reaching #15 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

Also, again while the album released no official singles, a video was shot in 1993 for "What Child Is This?" that was originally featured on the A&M Records Christmas compilation A Very Special Christmas 2. The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters: The Best of Vanessa Williams is a 2003 remastered/re-release of Vanessa Williams' 1996 original Christmas album, Star Bright.

The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters: The Best of Vanessa Williams
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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do You Hear What I Hear/The Little Drummer Boy" (K. Davis/Henry Onorati/Noel Regeny/Gloria Shayne/Harry Simeone/Traditional) - 5:02
  2. "Star Bright" (Rob Mathes) - 3:37
  3. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Shout)" (Mathes/Felix Mendelssohn/Charles Wesley) - 5:34
  4. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (With Bobby Caldwell) (Frank Loesser) - 5:51
  5. "I Wonder as I Wander" (Mathes) - 4:40
  6. "Sleep Well, Little Children" (Alan Bergman/Leon Klatzkin) - 0:40
  7. "Angels We Have Heard on High" (Traditional) - 4:58
  8. "The First Noel" (William Sandys) - 4:28
  9. "What Child Is This?" (William Chatterton Dix/Traditional) - 3:52
  10. "Gracious Good Shepherd" (Mathes) - 4:15
  11. "Go Tell It on the Mountain/Mary Had a Baby" (Public domain/Traditional) - 5:48
  12. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Gannon/Walter Kent/Buck Ram) - 3:32